STAR launched in Washington in 2023 as part of the ongoing work of the Washington Soil Health Initiative (WaSHI). WaSHI, a tri-agency partnership between the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), the State Conservation Commission, and Washington State University, promotes soil health through research, technical support, outreach and education, incentives, and policy support. Core WaSHI projects include a statewide soil sampling effort called the State of the Soils Assessment; a network of long-term agroecological research and extension sites; a grant program called Sustainable Farms and Fields that funds the reduction of agricultural greenhouse gases and increased carbon sequestration; and SoilCon, an annual multi-day event that brings together researchers, producers, and stakeholders to discuss soil health practices and innovations. These projects were informed by the findings of an initial statewide needs assessment, published as the Soil Health Roadmap. As part of this needs assessment, growers also asked WaSHI to help generate market-based, economic value for their conservation practices. WaSHI sought out STAR in direct response to those requests. STAR was chosen for its scientific credibility, its consistent scale for evaluating progress across regions and systems, and its potential to unite soil health champions in Washington with those across the country. Washington STAR will open for grower enrollment at WSDA in Summer 2024.